Masculinity and Femininity in the 21st Century

Season 5 Episode 36

Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“Being told you have to man up…be stronger, be harder, don’t cry…that’s very damaging to men”

“It’s a very privileged kind of mind set [to say] I don’t see race, I don’t see gender but when its such a significant part of your existence…just taking public transport and having to deal with street harassment. I’d love be to be able to exist in a world where its irrelevant that I’m a woman but that plays a significant part when I’m walking down the street by myself and I get cat called and intimidated or followed…definitely my gender plays a part in that”

We asked a group of South Africans from varied backgrounds to explore what gender means in the 21st Century. They cover the difference between sex and gender. Touching on gender assigned roles, identity politics, sexual identity and how a revolution is required in order to change deeply entrenched views about gender.

 

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Director: Jo Menell/ Richard Mills

Produced by: Street Talk Stories

Researcher: Thakirah Allie and Monde Matyumza

Camera: Monde Matyumza

Sound:  Thina Daniel

Editor: Lara Taylor

 

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